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The Briarwood station

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Posted: Thursday, April 3, 2014 10:30 am

Dear Editor:

In response to BCA President Schwartz’ testimonial, “Pure Briarwood,” (Letters, March 27), I would like to point out that the sign posted states that the “mall” was sponsored by the Briarwood Community Association. This euphemistic “Queens Boulevard Promenade” runs from 84th Drive to 87th Avenue down the center of Queens Boulevard and consists of 8 park benches without backs and about 75 big concrete balls of neither practical nor aesthetic functionality. The Briarwood Mall, which is an authentic mall of 120 stores (shopping outlets, restaurants, hotel) is in Ann Arbor, Michigan, not in Briarwood, NY (a postal finance station of Jamaica).

Further, renaming the E/F subway station “Briarwood,” with deletion of Van Wyck Blvd., would serve no accurate geographic purpose for subway riders, since it would indicate no streets. An inspection of the MTA map shows that every other station along this line is either a hyphenated street/community (Jackson Heights-Roosevelt Avenue, 63rd Drive-Rego Park, Forest Hills-71st Avenue, Kew Gardens-Union Turnpike, Jamaica-179th Street) or a street alone.

This stop is located across from Maple Grove Cemetery and is not the center of Briarwood. I propose the name be renamed Briarwood-Main Street, since this places it accurately at the intersection of Main Street and Queens Blvd., or Briarwood-Maple Grove Cemetery (the only historic site here).

But when you disembark the F train, don’t expect much “searching the promenades, seeking a clue” (Ellington/Strayhorn, Something To Live For), but the Briarwood mall of balls, paid for by city grants. Schwartz’ “vibrant ... community?” I have yet to see Duke Ellington’s jazz band on this “Promenade,” or the Atlantic City, USA Beauty Pageant contestants walking this dull strip.

Joseph N. Manago

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